In a shockingly blunt piece, Michael Weinstein seems to have inadvertently undermined his own defense against those who claim he’s “anti-Christian” by essentially admitting that he’s opposed to a vast swath of American Christianity. Said Weinstein [emphasis added]:
Do you know that in this country in 1970, we only had ten mega-Evangelical churches, meaning those with 2,000 or more members? But after 9/11, a new mega-Evangelical church has opened up in our country every 48 hours.
That is their right. That’s fine. But when they engage the machinery of the state and the people in the government, that’s when we have a terrible, hideous problem.
And this is coming right down from the DoD, up and down the chain of command…
Weinstein seems to clearly convey Christians from these ubiquitous “mega-Evangelical churches” (as opposed to Evangelical megachurches?) are the ones “engaging Read more…
Categories: Government and Religion christian, dispensational, dominionism, evangelical, fundamentalist, mikey weinstein, Military, MRFF, premillenial, quaker, reconstructionist, Religion, religious freedom, rick baker
Michael Weinstein’s Military Religious Freedom Foundation has a history of claiming only the “right kind” of Christians deserve religious liberty in the US military. In 2011, the MRFF demanded the US Air Force Academy rescind a speaking invitation given to someone who “does not represent true Christianity” [emphasis added]. For that same event, Weinstein was personally outraged the invitation was given to the wrong kind of Christian. In another scenario, Chris Rodda readily admitted the MRFF opposed the religious beliefs of Christians, not any action or conduct on their part.
The MRFF just recently refined their definition of “acceptable”
religious Christian belief.
Lawrence Wilkerson is a retired Army Colonel and recent addition to the MRFF. He also joined Michael Weinstein at his much ballyhooed Pentagon meeting last month. Wilkerson recently published a tirade against “so-called” Christians who are the target of the MRFF’s wrath:
Another perniciously destructive anomaly threatened good order and discipline in the ranks. And this one came from so-called Christians.
I write “so-called” simply because these people do not believe in the Christ of the Scriptures; they believe in some human-crafted, almost demonic Read more…
Categories: Government and Religion chris rodda, christian, lawrence wilkerson, madrasas, mikey weinstein, Military, MRFF, osama bin laden, Pentagon, proselytize, Religion, religious freedom, rick baker
Though media figures have ignored it when they’ve interviewed him, Michael Weinstein has long been an avid conspiracy theorist. As he noted when he first started his self-described “war” against “the wrong kind” of Christians several years ago, it has nothing to do with religious freedom: His war is about American Christians trying to take over the world to persecute Jews. Quoth Weinstein:
In Plan A, evangelical Christians with a smile on their face will ask you to please, please, please accept their biblical worldview of Jesus. The problem with that is, inevitably, Plan A morphs into Plan B. They stop asking so nicely, and then you have the Holocaust, the pogroms, the Inquisition…
This country is going through—right now—a transition from A to B. Read more…
Categories: Government and Religion 9/11, air force, al qaeda, bj hunnicutt, christian, conspiracy, cult awareness network, ed asner, gordon duff, iran, israel, jerry fletcher, Jewish, kc-135, leah burton, mike farrell, mikey weinstein, Military, mitt romney, MRFF, rick baker
There is a mantra many young officers and enlisted troops learn in their first few days of basic training: “The Air Force Times is not your friend.” It is not entirely meant as an adversarial statement; it is simply a recognition of the fact the commercial enterprise (despite its name) has nothing to do with the official Air Force, and its goal is to make money by selling papers.
That said, it is widely quoted when it raises controversial subjects (again, publicity affects the bottom line). It has frequently covered issues of religion in the military — naturally, a controversial subject to a niche group of people. When it has done so, it has rarely been friendly. In a 2008 editorial, for example, the paper registered its support for the ACLU in its bid to end US Naval Academy mealtime prayers. (Four years on, the prayers continue.)
Still, it was surprising to recently see Michael Weinstein’s MRFF, including his research assistant Chris Rodda, so excitedly — and repeatedly — promote the Air Force Times. In one example, referring to an Air Force Times “article,” the MRFF cited Read more…
Rick Baker, representing Michael Weinstein’s Military Religious Freedom Foundation, recently expressed incredulity that the $40 million dollar “Center for Character and Leadership Development” being constructed at the US Air Force Academy was really for the stated purpose. He thinks it is really for the forcible promotion of Christianity:
The 40,000 or so square foot subterranean building soon to be under construction near the AFA Chapel…seems a bit over-sized for the project and more likely a place where Chrisitan Dominionist Catachism Read more…
Categories: Government and Religion chapel, character, christian, conspiracy, dick cheney, james dobson, mikey weinstein, Military, MRFF, Religion, rick baker, USAFA
BrigGen Dana Born, Dean of the US Air Force Academy, has announced her intention to retire in the summer of 2013.
Ordinarily, such a move wouldn’t be newsworthy. However, Gen Born has been under constant attack by Michael Weinstein — aided by his veritable PR arm, Pam Zubeck of the Colorado Springs Independent — for several years. Zubeck, who has long had sources on the USAFA faculty eager to undermine their own institution, “scooped” even the official US military announcement of Born’s retirement, and she did so without attempting to hide her bias:
Brig. Gen. Dana Born, one of the most controversial figures Read more…
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David Fitzkee (Maj, USA, Retired) is a law professor at the US Air Force Academy. In the fall of 2011 he had an article published in Parameters (vol. 41, no. 3), (“The US Army’s Senior Professional Journal”) entitled “Religious Speech in the Military: Freedoms and Limitations.”
The 14-page essay is an interesting read, and it opens with a strong premise:
It is crucial that military leaders understand and respect the scope of religious speech rights. Honoring the constitutional rights of subordinates is inherently the “right thing to do” in a society and military governed by the rule of law, particularly when all military leaders take an oath to support the Constitution.
Unfortunately, the very next paragraph of the introduction sets a poor tone for the paper:
Failure to understand the rights and limits concerning religious speech can adversely affect the mission…It can result in internal investigations into allegations of violations or even lawsuits against the military, both of which entail substantial time, effort, and distraction from the mission.
Maj Fitzkee aptly notes that “investigations into allegations of violations” can “distract from the mission” — but he illogically assumes Read more…
Categories: Government and Religion air force, army, attitudes aren't free, chris rodda, Constitution, david fitzkee, easter, Islam, james parco, lemon test, linell letendre, mikey weinstein, Military, MRFF, neutrality, norton schwartz, parameters, rick baker, supreme court, USAFA
The US Department of State recently released its 2011 Report on International Religious Freedom covering 199 nations and territories. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the state of religious freedom is worsening in the world:
“When it comes to this human right- this key feature of stable, secure, peaceful societies- the world is sliding backwards,” Clinton said.
While much of the publicity has focused on Egypt and Libya for obvious reasons, Secretary Clinton’s statement is particularly enlightening in that two of the primary countries called out in the report are Iraq and Afghanistan — whose governments have only survived because of the support of the United States and the sacrifices of its military.
In other words, religious freedom is suffering Read more…
Categories: Government and Religion Afghanistan, clinton, Iraq, Military, MRFF, Religion, religious freedom, report on international religious freedom, rick baker, state department, thomas farr
Critics of religious freedom in the US military have sometimes claimed that speaking one’s faith while being associated with the military is forbidden. For example, Michael Weinstein’s MRFF used to have a stockpile of chaplains’ articles from local base papers they would re-publish, often with little comment except shock and the implication that what the military member (a chaplain) was doing was wrong (an implication their acolytes were quick to assume was fact).
MRFF volunteer Rick Baker has gone further, saying uniformed officers can’t even put a religious bumper sticker on their private car. Chris Rodda, Weinstein’s research assistant, has gone so far as to explicitly state it is wrong for officers to “publicly espouse” their religious beliefs on the internet, even when they do so as private citizens. (She’s wrong, of course, but that hasn’t stopped her in the past…)
It is worth noting that these criticisms have been aimed Read more…
Categories: Government and Religion Chaplain, chris rodda, christian, lela holden, mikey weinstein, Military, MRFF, Public Expression, Religion, religious freedom, respect, rick baker, tolerance, USAFA
Lost in the recent “scandal” over the revelations that family-run Chick-fil-A supports marriage (shocking, isn’t it?) were the other words of President and CEO Dan Cathy. Cathy expects that Christians will be missionaries to the world wherever they are:
Cathy believes strongly that Christians are missionaries in the workplace. “Jesus had a lot of things to say about people who work and live in the business community,” he said
While representatives of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation will claim this is “code speak” for Christians taking over the world, this is how Cathy explained Read more…
Categories: Government and Religion africa, billy graham, chick-fil-a, chris rodda, dan cathy, evangelism, letourneau, mike huckabee, mikey weinstein, Military, Missionary, MRFF, Religion, religious freedom, richard land, rick baker, Tim Tebow, tullian tchividjian
While many articles about members of the US military make reference to their faith, there aren’t too many written by the DoD for the sole purpose of highlighting their faith. By contrast, Army Staff Sgt Muna Nur was recently the focus of just such an article, noting her efforts in the US military to overcome “preconceptions” about her Islamic faith.
Another of her striking aspects is the fact that she is a proud Muslim, a trait that has Read more…
An interesting article by Erich Bridges at the Baptist Press describes the changing social worldview, or at least that espoused by secularists who want “religious people” to keep their faith at home:
“Keep your views about God and His commandments to yourself,” society increasingly tells believers — particularly conservative evangelicals, traditional Roman Catholics and Orthodox Jews. “Socially accepted truths and morals have progressed beyond your antiquated theologies. If you Read more…
Categories: Government and Religion bigot, Catholic, christian, Constitution, erich bridges, Jewish, mikey weinstein, Military, MRFF, Public Expression, Religion, religious freedom, rick baker
According to MSNBC, the VMFA-122 Crusaders were “ordered to reverse” their decision to return to the “Crusaders” moniker.
“The deputy commandant for aviation [Lt. Gen. Terry Robling] directed VMFA 122 to maintain the unit identification as the Werewolves,” said Marines public information officer Lt. Col. Joseph Plenzler. “I called down there to confirm that they have changed the tail markings, squadron patches” and other places the squadron logo appears, he said.
The Marines gave no reason for the order, giving Michael Weinstein — who had called the Marines a “national security threat” for the move — the blood in the water he needed to claim victory and make further demands: Read more…
Categories: Government and Religion Afghanistan, air force, Aircraft, al qaeda, beaufort marine air base, chris rodda, crusader, dadt, f-18, Fighter Pilot, homosexual, Iraq, israel, marines, mikey weinstein, Military, MRFF, rainbow flag, Religion, religious freedom, rick baker, Tradition, vmfa-122, wade wiegel, werewolves, world war II, wzl
A rebuilt mosque in Afghanistan is now the “centerpiece of the local government” — with the aid of the US Marines.
Marine Capt. Jesse Hills…was the project manager for the refurbishment. He was responsible for finding out what exactly was needed to repair the mosque: the time and resources Read more…
Categories: Government and Religion Afghanistan, chris rodda, Church and State, conspiracy, Government, Iraq, Islam, jesse hills, marines, mikey weinstein, Military, mosque, MRFF, Religion, religious freedom, rick baker
In a move that will likely cause Michael Weinstein, Richard Baker, Leah Burton and other conspiracy theorists to have heart palpitations, author Mark Andrews has released an eBook entitled Sword of the Covenant.
The premise: The US “lacks the political will” to help prevent the annihilation of Israel by Iran, so two top Pentagon officials try to convince USAF fighter pilots in Turkey and US Navy fighter pilots on a gulf-based aircraft carrier — all evangelical Christians — to launch Read more…
Categories: Government and Religion air force, Bible, christian, Church and State, conspiracy, Fighter Pilot, israel, leah burton, mark andrews, mikey weinstein, Military, MRFF, Navy, Pentagon, Religion, rick baker, sword of the covenant